Tag: 2013

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Making Education More Than a Grade Anne Paonessa assesses the impact of service learning on English language learners Doing Our Best Considerations on ways to share learning From the Mouths of Babes Angelika Putintseva wants to know how many languages a child can learn simultaneously From OnCampus to Online Mahmoud Arani, Christine Bauer-Ramazani, and Elizabeth O’Dowd highlight the challenges and rewards associated with taking a teacher...

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Infants, Words, and Income Bjorn Carey reports on research showing that two-year-old children of lower-income families may already be six months behind in language development Taking Europe to Task Miriam Plieninger explains how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages has influenced intermediate online learning Cutting to the Common Core: Be the Change Armando Zúñiga explains how we need to transform...

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Cuban Expressionism Rose Eichenbaum captures Cuba’s love for communication in dance, music, and art Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text Kate Kinsella tackles the particular challenges of preparing learners to be able to analyze and discuss complex informational text Finding Drive Seyedeh Sara Jafari explores theories of student motivation and how language learners harness it Mentor Arithmetic Daniela C. Wagner-Loera adds up the benefits...

Gift a book! Read to a child! Donate to a literacy organization! Learn a new word! Visit a library! Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development. "Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step...

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Leveling the Playing Field Tina Walker sees the closing of the digital divide as key to overcoming the achievement gap Mutual Understanding Clorinda Donato and Pierre Escudé explain how intercomprehension is the basis for their Multilingual Romance Languages Learning Project In for the Long Haul Mary Soto, Yvonne S. Freeman, and David Freeman offer strategies to help understand and support secondary long-term English learners Grade...

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Cutting to the Common Core Making Vocabulary Number One Dr. Kate Kinsella offers strategies for prioritizing vocabulary for competent text analysis, discussion, and constructed response Child’s Play Kennedy Schultz surveys language learning and technology programs for elementary students Apps That Snap and Tools That Rule Christopher DiStasio recommends free online resources for the language classroom A Country of Many Canadas Learning French in Canada has never...

Say “Saluton” today because Friday, July 26 is Esperanto Day with events held all over the world. A major international conference in Rekjavik, Iceland, with over 1,000 participants is being held this week and the only language used is the international language. The President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, has already addressed the Conference in Esperanto. Esperanto is a young language. Deapite its...

The Babel Film Festival is the first film competition for minority films that use minority languages, dialects, slang, or sign language. The aim is to appreciate and promote cinema related to linguistic minorities, giving voice to their history, culture, and language. The minority language has to be used at least for the 60% of the dialogue and script. Movies must...

Recognizing U.S. Spanish Armando Guerrero recommends decisive action to stop the exclusion of the American Spanish vernacular in the classroom Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding Complex Text Rebecca Blum-Martínez offers a strategy to help English learners cope with the more complex language requirements of the Common Core Teaching to the Letter of the Law Arlene Ortiz and Shirley Woika examine the legal...

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L’ Histoire de Notre Succès Benoît Le Dévédec reveals why New York’s French Heritage Language Program has been such a success Closing the Vocabulary Gap Alex Rappaport argues that word acquisition may be the easiest way to close the achievement gap Dot Ur Ize Margarita Melendez suggests resources for teaching writing in the Digital Ages Preventing War with Words Rachael Tolliver explains how U.S. Army cadets...